Journal Published Online: 01 November 2002
Volume 47, Issue 6

Using Pre- and Post-Surgical Foot and Ankle Radiographs for Identification



An evaluation of the effect of surgical intervention on foot and ankle radiographic comparisons was performed. In this study, 34 sets of pre-surgical (“premortem”) and post-surgical (“postmortem”) foot and ankle radiographs were retrospectively evaluated simulating a postmortem identification. In each radiographic set, the films were separated by a surgical event to reproduce the effects of an alteration in the anatomy. The radiographs included both matches and mismatches. This study also presents a numerical representation of the reliability of a radiographic match following a surgical procedure. Results indicate that surgical intervention with subsequent healing does not preclude positive identification in foot and ankle radiographic comparisons.

Author Information

Rich, J
Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Tatarek, NE
Ohio University, Athens, OH
Powers, RH
Hamilton County Coroner's Office, Cincinnati, OH
Brogdon, B.G.
University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, AL
Lewis, BJ
Franklin County Coroner's Office, Columbus, OH
Dean, DE
Franklin County Coroner's Office, Columbus, OH
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Stock #: JFS15567J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS15567J